The Pixel 7 will arrive later this year to follow Google's year-after-year upgrade of its smartphone line. Despite only a brief announcement during Google I/O 2022 that this phone will introduce a new Tensor processor, we expect the same general design as the 2021 Pixel, 5G support, and an under-display fingerprint reader.
When Will the Pixel 7 Be Released?
Google confirmed during the May 2022 Google I/O event, that the Pixel 7 will arrive this Fall.
For several years now, Google has used a Fall event to release a new Pixel. For reference, the Pixel 6 was announced in October 2021, and the Pixel 5 was revealed in September 2020.
Avid leaker Jon Prosser, who accurately leaks lots of features and release dates in the tech world, has said the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will launch on October 13, with the unveiling event (and the first day for pre-orders) set for October 6. There’s not a lot to be said about a Pixel 7a, but we’ll keep an eye out for it (it’ll probably arrive in 2023).
That said, Google tweeted a Pixel-themed math equation that has some wondering if those October dates aren’t quite so accurate. Tom’s Guide suggests the Pixel 7 could be revealed in September, since the answer to that tweet is 9.
However, a more recent prediction says October 9.
Release Date Estimate
For now, it seems we can give only a loose guess, so our estimate is that we’ll see the Pixel 7 within the first two weeks of October. It should launch with the Pixel Watch.
Pixel 7 Price Rumors
Many variables determine the price a company sets for a new phone, from the storage capacity options or screen size, to brand-new hardware. We know the entry-level Pixel 7 is said to have the same screen size as the Pixel 5a, but because it'll have improvements over the 5a, it's not a pricing formula we can use.
The expectation right now is we'll see a similar pricing structure as the Pixel 6 ($599) and Pixel 6 Pro ($899). While the Pixel 5 was a bit higher at $699, we don't expect this trend to continue downward every year, but we do expect overall cheaper prices than competitors Samsung and Apple.
Like we saw with last year's Pixel, the Pixel 7 will probably be available for pre-ordering for around a week after it's first announced, which means October 6.
We'll include the pre-order link here once it becomes available.
Pixel 7 Features
Android 13 arrived on the Pixel in August 2022, so all those changes will come to the Pixel 7 at launch.
These are things like Foreground Services Task Manager which will let you better manage running services, an easier-to-use QR code reader, 24-hour battery usage alerts, and additional advanced privacy controls.
Pixel 7 Specs and Hardware
Google introduced the Tensor processor in the Pixel 6. It brought with it a handful of new capabilities and lower power consumption. The online gossip this year predicts a 2nd-gen Tensor, possibly codenamed “Cheetah” and “Panther,” for the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, so we expect to see capabilities like new camera experiences and machine learning applications advertised this year.
One rumor from 9to5Google is that the Pixel 7 front-facing camera will support 4K video, specifically both the Pixel 7 and the 7 Pro. This is relevant because with the Pixel 6 series, only the Pro model could shoot 4K video from the selfie camera.
Ross Young has details on the phone's screen size. Instead of increasing year after year like we've seen since the 2017 Pixel, he reports that the Pixel 7 will drop to 6.3 inches, the same size as the 2021 Pixel 5a. The Pro model will reportedly have the same screen size as the Pixel 6 Pro: 6.7 inches.
Young also thinks the Pixel 7 Pro will have a 120Hz refresh rate with LTPO, just like the Pixel 6 Pro. Also resembling the previous lineup, the Pixel 7 probably won’t bring back Face Unlock.
Here are official images from Google that show the rear view and color options for the Pixel 7:
Steve H.McFly is another source with renders, and his are a bit more reliable than MyDrive’s. The source mentioned in Steve’s tweet backs Young’s screen size estimate, claiming that the Pixel 7 Pro will “sport a 6.7 to 6.8-inch curved display with a single punch-hole selfie camera.”
According to Smartprix, the phone will be a little slimmer than the S22 Ultra: 8.7mm vs the S22’s 8.9mm thickness. The approximate dimensions are 163×76.6×8.7mm for the Pixel 7 Pro, and 55.6 x 73.1 x 8.7mm for the Pixel 7. There’s a lot more information you can dig into, including renders of every angle of the phone, if you follow that link.
Some other changes possibly arriving this year include a more reliable fingerprint scanner, a Hall effect sensor for detecting when a flip cover is used, and faster charging—since the Pixel 6’s slow charging has been an annoyance for some.
For a hands-on look at these phones (or, at least, some early developer versions), check out Unbox Therapy’s Pixel 7 and 7 Pro video. It details some hardware differences between those devices and the Pixel 6.
|Pixel 7 Specs (Rumored)|
|Pixel 7 Pro|
|Screen:||6.7" / 1440 x 3120 / 120Hz refresh rate|
|Camera:||50MP primary; 12MP wide-angle secondary; 48MP telephoto 4x zoom; 11MP front-facing|
|Video:||Front: 4K at 30 FPS / 1080p at 30/60 FPS Rear: 4K/1080p at 30/60 FPS 20x digital zoom|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 6E; 5G mmWave and Sub 6Ghz|
|Charging:||Fast wireless charging / USB-C charger|
|Colors:||Obsidian, Snow, Lemongrass (Pixel 7), and Hazel (Pixel 7 Pro)|
The Latest News About the Pixel 7
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